Like so many, I am inspired by New Mexico, which I now call home. I love the history of the place and how it holds visible memories spanning centuries—the revelations contained in layers of geology, a dry river bed etched in the landscape, an ancient adobe structure returning to the earth, perhaps only making its presence known by a depression where a kiva once existed.
I am moved by the elegant simplicity of overlapping planes, the rhythm of textures, the graceful line of the horizon and the overall openness that allows one to fully breathe.
I am drawn to encaustics because the medium allows me to use the land as my pigment. I gather various colors of clay and earth to grind, sift and fuse into the wax. I collect bits of charred wood from the remnants of fires and make my own charcoal. Horsehair from the horses I ride and mica from caves I explore also find a place in my work. All of these become part of the piece through the same processes that have shaped our earth—layering of sediment, scraping, carving and heating.
My paintings are an offering of gratitude to this land that has affected me so deeply.